Upcoming Events

Upcoming CLAFI Events

Lecture: Churchill, America, and the Great War  Oct 19, 2017,  7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Seminar: Why Did the United States Enter the War in 1917?  Oct 21, 2017,  10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Lecture Videos

CLAFI Lecture Videos

Missed a lecture? Wish you could go back and listen to a lecture again? Not a problem. CLAFI is now posting videos of past lectures, so you can attend any lectures that you missed, and revisit any lectures that you enjoyed.

“Does Religious Faith Delude Reason?” -by Paul O’Reilly

Paul O’Reilly  is a Tutor and Vice President for Development at Thomas Aquinas College. He has been the primary leader of the seminars sponsored by the Agora Foundation since 1999. Dr. O’Reilly earned his Bachelor’s degree at Thomas Aquinas College in 1984 and his Ph.D. at Université Laval in 1989. In this lecture, Paul O’Reilly discusses whether reason is compatible with religious faith, and whether the existence of God is a reasonable proposition*. This lecture was given at the UCLA Law School on October 24, 2013. To watch the lecture, click on the link below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fq8jZJswJPI *CLAFI does not hold any religious or political affiliation.

“Why the Battle of Gettysburg Matters” -by Allen Guelzo

Allen Carl Guelzo is the Henry R. Luce III Professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College, where he serves as Director of the Civil War Era Studies Program. He has written for The American Historical Review, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, and he has been featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday, C-SPAN’s Booknotes, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania. This lecture was part of CLAFI’s five-year lecture series on the Civil War in honor of its sesquicentennial (1861-1865, 2011-2015). CLAFI will host two lectures each year of the sesquicentennial, each lecture dealing with the corresponding year of the Civil War. Accordingly, this lecture dealt with the pivotal 1863 Battle of Gettysburg. The lecture was given at the UCLA Law School on November 7, 2013. To watch the lecture, click on the link below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_gN_ex-N1g

“When the Legend Becomes Fact, Print the Legend” -by Joan Waugh

Joan Waugh is a Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. The recipient of Huntington Library, NEH, and Gilder-Lehrman fellowships, she has been interviewed for many documentaries, including the PBS series, “American Experience” on Ulysses S. Grant and the History Channel’s production of “Lee and Grant.” Waugh has also published a number of op-eds on current controversies regarding Civil War issues for media outlets such as the Los Angeles Times and Salon.com. Dr. Waugh has been honored with four teaching prizes, including UCLA’s most prestigious teaching honor, the Distinguished Teaching Award. The lecture was given at the UCLA Law School on April 9, 2015. To watch the lecture, click on the link below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loBEjhhYKsA

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Past Events

 Past CLAFI Events: 2013-2014

Dramatic Play Reading: All My Sons, by Arthur Miller Feb 03, 2014

Lecture: Shakespeare through an Actor's Microscope by Richard Fancy Feb 06, 2014

Seminar: All My Sons, a play by Arthur Miller Feb 08, 2014

Lecture: Thank God for Greed: on the Use, Abuse, and Limits of Self-Interest Feb 27, 2014

Seminar: Jerry Muller; Selected Readings by Adam Smith Mar 01, 2014

Lecture: Lincoln's Code: The Laws of War in American History Mar 13, 2014

Seminar: Lincoln's Code and the Laws of War Mar 15, 2014

Lecture: "Why Do Business Schools Exist? Democracy, Political Economy, and the Nineteenth Century Origins of Today's Business Schools," by Peter McNamara May 15, 2014

Seminar: Selections from Tocqueville’s Democracy in America with Peter McNamara May 17, 2014

Lecture: "A Culture of Growth: Origins of the Modern Economy," by Joel Mokyr Dec 04, 2014


 Past CLAFI Events: 2014-2015

Play Reading: Oedipus the King, performed by InterAct Theater Company Oct 13, 2014

Lecture: A War for Union: Motivation and Meaning in the Civil War North Oct 16, 2014

Seminar on Lincoln's Presidential Writings with Gary Gallagher Oct 18, 2014

The Actor's Craft: Humor and Poetry in David Mamet's American Buffalo Nov 13, 2014

Seminar on Shakespear's Twelfth Night, with Paul O'Connor Nov 15, 2014

Seminar: Cultural Evolution and Economic Growth with Joel Mokyr Dec 06, 2014

"The Challenge of Translating the Bible" lecture and seminar Jan 08, 2015

Lecture: "Spontaneous Disorder in Adam Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments," by John Scott Jan 22, 2015

Lecture: How to Make (and Keep) a Republic: Selections from Machiavelli, Locke, The Federalist, and Lincoln," by Stephen Elkin Feb 21, 2015

Lecture: "The Founders and the Idea of a National University," by George Thomas Feb 26, 2015

The Browning Version Mar 30, 2015

"When the Legend Becomes Fact, Print the Legend": U.S. Grant and the Surrender at Appomattox Apr 09, 2015

Churchill and the Dardanelles Apr 23, 2015

Conference: Adam Smith and the Moral Economy of Market Society May 14, 2015 - May 15, 2015

The New Natural Law with Michael Skiles May 21, 2015


 Past CLAFI Events: 2015-2016

Lecture: "Robinson Crusoe and the Enlightenment Spirit of Capitalism," by Paul Cantor Oct 08, 2015

Seminar: "The Merchant of Venice: Shakespeare’s View of the Commercial Republic," with Paul Cantor Oct 10, 2015

Play Reading: Sophocles' Antigone, performed by InterAct Theater Company Oct 19, 2015

Play Reading: Jean Anouilh's Antigone, performed by InterAct Theater Company Oct 26, 2015

Lecture: “On Changing False Beliefs: Three Cases from Experimental Economics,” by Nobel Laureate Vernon Smith Nov 12, 2015

Seminar: "Aspects of Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments," with Nobel Laureate Vernon Smith Nov 14, 2015

Lecture: “Law, Rigor, and Personal Responsibility in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale and Sophocles’ Antigone,” by Fred Sanders Dec 03, 2015

Seminar with Actor Fred Sanders Dec 05, 2015

 Past CLAFI Events: 2016-2017

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 Past CLAFI Events: 2017-2018

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